The Macro Polity

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 14, 2002 - Business & Economics - 469 pages
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The Macro Polity provides the first comprehensive model of American politics at the system level. Focusing on the interactions between citizen evaluations and preferences, government activity and policy, and how the combined acts of citizens and governments influence one another over time, it integrates understandings of matters such as economic outcomes, presidential approval, partisanship, elections, and government policy-making into a single model. The book's macro and longitudinal focus makes it possible to directly connect the behaviors of electorate and government.
  

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It's an important book in poli sci, don't get me wrong. But I hated reading it. Read full review

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This book uses micro data to clarify the macro. This is an excellent evaluation and explanation of political perception and voter discoing making. Read full review

Contents

A Model of the Macro Polity
1
Performance
27
Presidential Approval
29
Expectations and Political Response The Character of Intelligence of the American Electorate
76
Macropartisanship The Permanent Memory of Party Performance
109
Decomposing Partisan Change
152
Policy
191
Public Opinion
193
Public Opinion and Policy Making
284
A Governing System Laws and Public Opinion
325
American Politics as a System
381
American Macro Politics A System Model
383
The Macro Polity and Democratic Performance
427
References
449
Index
461
Copyright

Elections
237

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About the author (2002)

Robert S. Erikson is professor of political science at Columbia University and the author or coauthor of several books, including "The Macro Polity.

MacKuen is Burton Craige Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

James A. Stimson earned his B.A. from the University of Minnesota and his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina. Stimson is former President of the Midwest Political Science Association and Treasurer of the American Political Science Association. He has authored or co-authored six books: Yeas and Nays (with Donald R. Matthews), Issue Evolution (with Edward G. Carmines), Public Opinion in America, The Macro Polity (with Robert S. Erikson and Michael B. MacKuen), Tides of Consent and Mandate Politics (with Larry Grossback and David A. M. Peterson). A Fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he has won the Heinz Eulau and Gladys Kammerer Awards of the American Political Science Association. He is founding editor of Political Analysis and has authored articles in all the major journals of political science.